Locked in a tied game with just over five minutes left, Gettysburg High ran off the next 10 points and 14 of the game's final 18 to defeat Red Lion, 63-53, in the championship game of the GWABC Tip-Off tournament Saturday night at Gettysburg.

Gettysburg (2-0) led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter before the Lions stormed back into the contest, eventually tying the game at 49 when Jason Rebuck split a pair of charity tosses with 5:38 left.

Jon Tarbox broke the tie with a trifecta from the left corner with 4:36 to play, then Colin Bortner doubled the lead with a triple from the right corner with 3:39 to go. It was the only hoop for either player in the game.

"We got big shots from Jonny Tarbox and Colin Bortner to give us the lead," Gettysburg head coach Jeff Bair said. "We want both of them taking those shots, too. They both hit them all the time in practice, so we have all the confidence in the world that they can hit them in the games."

Just as on Friday night in their win over New Oxford, the Warriors used a big run late in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a nice cushion. On Saturday, it was a 13-2 spurt over the last three minutes of the half that gave them a 32-20 lead.

Also similar to Friday, the Warriors allowed their opponent to climb back into the contest in the third quarter.

Following Cody Kiefer's basket to open the third quarter, Red Lion scored 14 of the next 18 to close the gap to 38-34 which led to a Gettysburg timeout with 3:12 left in the frame.

Red Lion (1-1) got as close as 40-37 in the third quarter, and trailed 48-43 heading for the final stanza.

"We had some pretty good possessions early in the third quarter where our shots just didn't fall," Bair said. "Then we had some poor possessions, and that let them get closer."

The Lions played much of the night without the services of leading scorer Mike Fox, as the high-scoring junior was saddled with foul problems throughout the contest and managed to play just under 20 minutes. He finished with seven points and four rebounds to pick up an all-tournament selection.

"It's tough not to have Mike on the floor for long stretches," Red Lion head coach Steve Schmehl said. "At the same time, a couple of guys stepped up for us to keep us in the game. Give credit to Gettysburg, though. They made the plays that they needed to make in the fourth quarter to win the game.

"This was a fun tournament. We learned some things about our team. Hopefully things that we can use going forward."

Gettysburg senior Ben Kroll took home the tournament MVP award as he scored 14 points, hauled down six boards and handed out four assists.

"It felt good to be out there contributing for my team," Kroll said. "We're all on the same page as a group. We have good chemistry and we have fun playing together."

Cody Kiefer once again led the Warriors in the scoring column and on the glass with 20 points and nine rebounds to earn an all-tournament selection. Sophomore Tyler Lampe, starting in place of Trey Thomas, who was in Phoenix playing in a soccer tournament for his Olympic Development Program team from Philadelphia, scored 10 points and hauled in five boards to earn the Hustle Award.

Bair said, "We have six games in the next 12 days, so depth is going to be important for us to get through that stretch of games."

Evan Miller joined Fox as an all-tourney pick from Red Lion as he put in 14 points.

In the consolation contest, New Oxford kept it close for a while, trailing 12-9 early in the second quarter. Then things fell apart for the Colonials, and they lost to Cedar Cliff, 65-30.

New Oxford (0-2) attempted fewer shots (9) than turnovers (13) that it committed in the first half.

"We had no focus at all tonight," Colonial head coach Jim Zinn said. "And that was surprising after how well we played Gettysburg last night. We showed that we're a much better team than we played like tonight."

Cedar Cliff (1-1) was led by Quintin Gause and Tyler Hoagland, both of whom tossed in 13 points, and were awarded with all-tournament selections for their efforts.

The Colonials were led by Alex Decinti's nine points.

  

RED LION (53)
   Evan Miller 4 2-2 12, Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Huson 3 0-0 7, McCreary 2 1-2 6, Fox 3 0-1 7, Kevin Hutchinson 4 4-6 14, Cahill 2 0-0 4, Rebuck 0 1-2 1, Wanbaugh 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 8-13 53.
GETTYSBURG (63)
   Ben Kroll 5 2-2 14, Bortner 1 0-0 3, Colbert 4 0-2 9, Tarbox 1 0-0 3, Ja. Nye 2 0-0 4, Cody Kiefer 4 11-14 20, Jo. Nye 0 0-0 0, Tyler Lampe 3 4-5 10. Totals 20 17-23 63.
Red Lion  10  10  23  10 -- 53
Gettysburg  13  19  16  15 -- 63

   3-point goals -- Red Lion 7 (Miller 2, Hutchinson 2, Huson, McCreary, Fox); Gettysburg 6 (Kroll 2, Bortner, Colbert, Tarbox, Kiefer).
  

CEDAR CLIFF (65)
   Quintin Gause 3 6-6 13, Wazeter 1 0-0 2, Tyler Hoagland 4 4-4 13, Ford 4 1-2 9, Shenk 0 0-0 0, Barowski 1 0-0 2, Lebo 1 0-0 2, Dugan 1 0-0 2, Mansfield 0 0-0 0, Galic 4 1-1 9, Murray 1 1-2 3, Smith 0 2-2 2, Welsh 3 0-0 8, Viti 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 15-19 65.
NEW OXFORD (30)
   Slusser 2 0-0 5, Kibler 1 1-4 3, Groft 0 0-0 0, Trimmer 0 0-0 0, Starner 0 1-2 1, Beans 1 0-0 2, Wildasin 0 0-0 0, O'Brien 3 2-4 8, Decinti 3 2-2 9, Ernst 1 0-0 2, Morningstar 0 0-0 0, Zinneman 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-12 30.
Cedar Cliff  12  22  19  12 -- 65
New Oxford    5    9    6  10 -- 30

   3-point goals -- Cedar Cliff 4 (Welsh 2, Hoagland, Gause); New Oxford 2 (Slusser, Decinti).
   JV score -- Red Lion 52, New Oxford 30.